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‘Promotion’

A little bit of sci fi first published in Powfast Fiction in 2010 and re-posted here in the interests of promoting (see what I did there?) recycling: http://conboyhillfiction.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/promotion/. Very short.


‘Dark brown voices, buttons and bows’ – Eight Days of Ether

Day 8 -2Eight Days of Ether: every day a new theme and only 24 hours to submit.

Day 8 – Song and Dance

Dark brown voices, buttons and bows. We’re in Jackson, me and Jude, for the show. I have a two-day beard and my feet hurt like hell. I sling them up on the table and lean back.

Oh but this was fun! Once I’d set myself the challenge of using song titles, music, band, or show titles to tell the story I was off checking lyrics. Would anyone remember the Kinks? Probably. The Hollies though – risky. There are 25 in there at least, some of which my subconscious contributed without telling me! I should make a list, see if it gets added to!  Here’s the link

 

 

 

 

This is my list, there may be more! Dark brown voices buttons and bows cheat-sheet

 


‘Daniel’s Level’ – Eight Days of Ether

Day 7-2Eight Days of Ether: every day a new theme and only 24 hours to submit.

Day 7 – Family

Daniel’s Level. ‘The army? Him?’ Jacqui is stunned. Sophie though, is intrigued. Steve doesn’t look army, he looks – gamey.

A little bit sci fi but with some fancy reality underpinning it – the US army really has been recruiting via online video games (MMOGs[1]). Virtual reality is being used in all sorts of ways – including treating soldiers for PTSD, and training doctors and paramedics in both basic and emergency medicine[2]. Here’s the link

 

[1] Massive Multiplayer Online Games. I put my typo in the story down to preemptive channelling of the final theme, Song and Dance!

[2] Imperial College London. Dave Taylor – a research colleague – is head of Virtual Worlds and Medical Media and if that isn’t a job title to die for, I don’t know what is! http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/alumni/newssummary/news_22-4-2008-14-24-37

 


‘Pretending not to see’

Day 2 of the Ether Books flash competition. The prompt today was ‘hats’ and I’ve even managed to make mention of one! Due to a glitch, all entries will be available for download after the submissions period is closed. Plenty of time to get your smartphone smartened up with the Ether App.


‘The Space Between Thinking And Doing’

Day One of the ‘8 Days of Ether’ flash fiction competition and today’s prompt is ‘adventure’. If you fancy your chances, here’s the submissions page, and if you have a smartphone – download the app for as much content as you can squeeze into your brain between now and just before the sun goes whooomf. The Space Between Thinking And Doing will be available from midnight tonight, UK time.


‘Cover Art’ – in Full of Crow

‘I used chicken skin to begin with because of its ready availability, but I was soon dissatisfied with it for that very reason, as it dampened my enthusiasm for the end results.’ Not for the squeamish! Full of Crow


Five things that are true and six that are not

Another somewhat sinister piece in the Lascaux Flash competition today. Think I might be pushing my luck now.


The Spider and the Wire Wool Madness: what’s that all about then?

There are at least two stories on any one page: the one the reader generates in the reading of it and the one in the writer generates  in the writing. This is the writer’s version.

Hive insects have queens whose only function is to produce the next generation. Humans have formalised this process for many animals in zoos, on farms, and in our own homes, and so we have brood mares, stud cats – or dogs or goats or horses or bulls – and ‘breeding stock’ of all kinds. We also breed our royalty so that both our kings and our queens have a duty to provide ‘an heir and a spare’, and at the other end of the scale, there is an underworld that breeds children of the right ethnicity for adoption into families willing to pay and not ask. ‘Spider’ is the story of a victim of entrapment for breeding and their fantasies about escape.


The Spider and the Wire Wool Madness

Anyone who has experienced entrapment might find a resonance with this tale. The genders of the victim and the perpetrator are deliberately undefined.

Lascaux Flash


‘Cat Nav’ Every Day Fiction podcast

That brave lady, Folly Blaine, is wrestling most expertly with a canny orange tabby and a maverick veterinary ‘researcher’ in ‘Cat Nav’. Up in podcast so you don’t have to try to pronounce ‘prestidigitator’ even in your head.

 


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